Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

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colemf
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Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby colemf » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:52 pm

So over the past couple of months i have been sent several fee waivers from some very good schools(No doubt due to my URM status- Native American) and was wondering if this in some way increases my chances at admission? Any thoughts?

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Dignan
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Re: Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby Dignan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:55 pm

No.

Edit: Just to elaborate a bit, it really depends on the school. Some schools give out fee waivers to those who, based on numbers, have a good shot at being accepted. Other schools give out fee waivers to those who are unlikely to get accepted so that the school can increase its selectivity ratings. And some schools do a little bit of both.

I think it's best not to read too much into it. If you are interested in possibly attending one of these schools, then take advantage of the fee waiver and submit an app.
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Kiersten1985
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Re: Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby Kiersten1985 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:58 pm

If I see one more thread asking this question...

RUN A SEARCH BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD.

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Raskolnikoff
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Re: Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby Raskolnikoff » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:58 pm

Some schools (UVa, BU) give them out practically to everyone. Higher number of applicants --> higher rejection rate --> higher perceived admission competitiveness --> higher USNWR rankings.

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Re: Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby Raskolnikoff » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:59 pm

Kiersten1985 wrote:If I see one more thread asking this question...

RUN A SEARCH BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD.

whoa.. it can't be the morning coffee this time.. :D

finalaspects
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Re: Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby finalaspects » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:05 pm

colemf wrote:So over the past couple of months i have been sent several fee waivers from some very good schools(No doubt due to my URM status- Native American) and was wondering if this in some way increases my chances at admission? Any thoughts?


schools do want to increase their URM admits if they have a low number of them.

but also can't a fee waiver be negative? schools don't want you because they know you can't afford it, or to raise their selectivity? wouldn't a school want the best numbers with everyone paying full tuition if possible?

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Kiersten1985
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Re: Does getting a fee waiver increase chances?

Postby Kiersten1985 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:07 pm

Raskolnikoff wrote:
Kiersten1985 wrote:If I see one more thread asking this question...

RUN A SEARCH BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD.

whoa.. it can't be the morning coffee this time.. :D


haha no, now it's at home with a bad cold. :wink:




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